Craig McDonald is the founder and director of Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) a public interest anti-corruption nonprofit that filed the complaint against Texas Gov. Rick Perry that led to the felony indictment charging Perry with "coercion of a public servant and misuse of official capacity." The group's 2005 criminal complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his Texans for a Republican Majority Pac resulted in a number of felony convictions and drove DeLay to resign from Congress. Craig McDonald was the lead prosecution witness in the DeLay trial, and McDonald and TPJ continue to be involved in the case.
TPJ, in its own words, is "a nonpartisan group that tracks the influence of money and corporate power in Texas politics." The organization has published hundreds of reports and articles detailing campaign finance practices and lobbying activities in Texas and has filed dozens of complaints against elected officials, both Republicans and Democrats.
Craig McDonald has represented TPJ's work on leading media outlets including 60 Minutes, Nightline, Bill Moyers' Now, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. In 2005, he was named by Rolling Stone Magazine one of the nation's top "Renegades, Mavericks and Troublemakers." He is a former director of Public Citizen, the Washington-based consumer advocacy organization, and the Center for a New Democracy. McDonald began his public-interest work in 1977 as a community organizer in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich.
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